Job Description

Payroll Title:
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
East Campus
Appointment Type:
Limited Appointment
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hour shifts, Monday - Friday

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#118505 Communications Specialist - Hybrid/Remote

Extended Deadline: Tue 10/11/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position is a contract/limited position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/30/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/08/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite at ECOB - 9444 Medical Center Drive and remote.


Independently oversees a comprehensive communications program for a unit or school with moderately complex communications requirements. The communications program usually includes written, visual, digital and electronic communications. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns.

With limited technical supervision, the Communications Specialist will report to the Vice Chair of Administration. Position responsibilities span the depth and breadth of a comprehensive communications program and alumni engagement. Communications Specialist is responsible for the production management and editing of publications for faculty and academics. Utilizes extensive computer skills with PC and Macintosh computer systems for the preparation and completion of professional and scientific documents for publication. Collaborateswith researchers on scientific publications, including but not limited to, research, interviewing, data collection, data analysis, and organizing and developing content. Management and production of the quarterly newsletters and annual report (print and digital) to include developing overall design, planning content based on departmental initiatives, events, and issues of importance.

Writes content for Department websites to showcase and generate awareness of departmental research, clinical, academia, and educational activities. Independently exercises judgement for stylistic consistency and grammatical accuracy. Requires interviewing a variety of staff to include Academic Leadership, Faculty, and other administrative employees. Responsible for initiating and expanding the scope of information presented and, in conjunction with the Vice Chair, maintaining a detailed Editorial Calendar and Planning Timelines. This position uses independent judgment on the design and organizational structure and content for the Department’s communications needs.

Creates and implements original content for videos, print stories, philanthropic collateral, etc. Develops and maintains professional presentations related to department wide employee communications; creates and expands templates for presentations, expanding overall branding. Develops content and manages distribution of organization-wide emails. Supports successful execution of communications plans; tracks, manages and communicates progress against timelines and goals. Establishes and maintains reports to show progress of projects to management, oversees the successful completion of all assigned tasks, assumes the initiative and provides support to the Chair, Vice Chairs, Division Chiefs, etc.

Manages content on all relevant social media platforms; including platform expansion for both Faculty/residents/staff and for the Department as a whole. Develops and oversees an alumni communication and engagement strategy. including alumni event(s). Performs other related functions as required. Independently oversees a comprehensive communications program for a unit with moderately complex communications requirements. The communications program usually includes written, visual, digital and electronic communications. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns.


  • Seven (7) years of relevant experience/training or a Bachelor's degree in related area plus three (3+) or more years of relevant experience. Social media and/or publishing experience a plus.

  • Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.

  • Knowledge and understanding of technical applications to effectively direct technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.

  • Knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education and / or health sciences.

  • Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.

  • Strong skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to the target and / or broad general audiences.

  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.

  • Knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Requires a flexible schedule.
  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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